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People still waiting to move back one year after West Lakes flooding

It was a year ago when the Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued the first "no motor order" for the lake chain of Jones Lake, Steinbarger Lake, Tamarack Lake and Waldron Lake.

Posted: May 25, 2018 9:34 PM
Updated: May 25, 2018 10:21 PM

ROME CITY, Ind. (WFFT) - People heading to the West Lakes in Noble County won't be able to use their motor boats this Memorial Day weekend, again.

It was a year ago when the Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued the first "no motor order" for the lake chain of Jones Lake, Steinbarger Lake, Tamarack Lake and Waldron Lake.

Many people who were evacuated because their houses were underwater, some people are still waiting to go back home.

"If it weren't for my daughters, it would be a lot more difficult," said Buzz Junk.

Junk and his wife have been living with either of his two daughters for a year now.

Durring the past year, Junk's house was raised six feet to make sure it doesn't take on any water in the years to come, but it's still not done.

He still doesn't know when he can move back home.

"You can ask my wife, there's been many times I've said, 'I'm done. I'm done,'" said Junk.

Flooding has been routine on the West Lakes.

Since last Memorial Day weekend, the DNR closed the lakes to motor boats three times, including this Memorial Day weekend.

"Boats are ready to go into the water and enjoy the summer, but with it being high water, it just isn't going to happen," Junk said. "If you love living at the lake and what the lake has to offer, you have to take the good with the bad."

The water here on Waldron Lake has gone down a few inches this week. Still, the DNR doesn't know when it will lift the no motor order.

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